College Offers – and so they begin!

It is my pleasure to announce that Grace Ryu, Grade 12, has accepted an offer to attend College in the USA at Texas A & M. Her specific college will be Agriculture & Life Sciences with a major in Animal Science. Congratulations to Grace.



ABRSM Music Theory and Practical Exams

ABRSM Music Theory and Practical Exams will be held at BIFS on November 4th and 11th, 2017.
If your child is registered to take the Music Theory exam on Saturday, November 4th, please ensure that your child is at BIFS C5.5 by 1:45 pm.
Should you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

Dragon’s Den – 2017!

The tradition continues at BIFS. This year the Grade 8 students were again faced with the challenge of the Dragon’s Den. After their hard work and great support from Mr Furmston and Mr Saunders, there was great pride and satisfaction achieved by all the students involved.


1st U.S.A.S.A

Victoria Machac
Natalia Mencos Calderon
Monica Pevreal

2nd H2GO

Na Rae Bok

Su Yeon (Suji) Han

Megha Nair

 3rd  Oceanus

Marie Bertin

Sophie Donahue

Josh McCallum

Suphitcha  Tappatarnpornsuk

Learner Profile Awards


Congratulations to the following students who were presented with their Learner Profile Awards last week.

Grade 8

Grade 6

Grade 7


Boys’ Volleyball – Japan

AISA HS Boys Volleyball

This past weekend the HS Boys Volleyball team travelled to Osaka for their AISA tournament. Being the youngest and newest team at the tournament, this group of boys took advantage of this weekend as a huge learning curve. Through their constant determination to always better themselves, the BIFS Boys Vball team met their weekend goals and played the best they have ever played.

We are very much looking forward to our last tournament in November to showcase our growth as a young team and defend the BIFS Boys KISAC Championship title.

Congratulations to all the boys for their hard work ethic and determination!

Coach Plicka



Girls’ Volleyball – Japan

AISA 2017

From October 19-22, the girls’ high school volleyball team was in Yokohama, Japan for the annual Association of International Schools in Asia (AISA) volleyball tournament. This is a much-anticipated event that brings in school from around Korea and Japan including Seoul International School, Yokohama International School, Korea International School, Senri-Osaka International School, Busan International Foreign School, and one other competitive school from near the host city; this year St. Maur International School was invited. The level of competition is a huge increase from what the Lady Bears are used to playing, therefore, practices over the past three weeks have been more tense and demanding. But, as a testament to their fighting spirit and unity, the team trained hard and continuously pushed themselves past what they expected from themselves as a team, and especially, individually.

During tournament play, the girls started out a little shaky with their nerves getting the better of them. Once they realized how good of a team they actually are and could be, their confidence recovered and they started playing with the intensity they put into practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week. After dropping the first match to Korea International School, the girls regrouped with a team meeting to discuss their performance and how to prepare for the next match. Here, they played the host team Yokohama International School and pushed them to the edge for 3 sets, but were unable to close them out. The next morning they fought hard against Senri-Osaka International School and later Korea International School again, but the Lady Bears were unable to pull out a victory. Ultimately, Yokohama International School won the tournament over St. Maur International School.

Although no ‘hardware’ was brought back from Japan, a great respect for the game, for each other, and an immeasurable learning experience was; and it is here I am most proud of this team!.Congratulations to Audrey Fillion who was voted to the All-tournament Team; the only 9th grader on the team. And, congratulations to all the Lady Bears for the respect they showed the host school, their host families, other teams, and dedication to understanding and playing the game!


 Cross Country – Kwangju

BIFS wins first, second, and third at the SKAC  Cross Country final in Kwangju
BIFS entered eleven runners in the SKAC cross country final hosted by Kwangju Foreign School on  Saturday, Oct 21st: eight athletes ran the 3km middle school races and three ran the 6km  high school race. Girls and boys races were separate. Kevin came in second in the boys MS race. Mathilde came in third in the girls MS race.  At the high school level, Bailey was first for the girls, five seconds behind the first place boy.

Family Fall Festival

What a wonderful festive occasion this year’s Family Fall Festival was. Filled with fun, excitement, games and great food. It was so nice to see the wide cultural mix of families at our school. Many many thanks to the PTA for all their hard work and planning – it came together beautifully in the end! Well done.




USS Ronald Reagan Visit

Students in grades 5 and 9 were lucky enough to be invited on board the USS Ronald Reagan during last week for a guided tour. It was a very interesting tour and commentary given by one of the F18 Hornet Pilots from the US Navy.


The New BIFS Drone!

We are experimenting with using the recently purchased BIFS School drone to take footage of the school in action. This is our first foray into this field – we hope you like the first attempt by Mr Saunders to capture the recent soccer tournament at BIFS last week.
See the footage here.

 MYP Personal Project Presentations

Each year students in Grade 10 complete the MYP experience by undertaking a Personal Project. The Project is a personal journey into something that each student is passionate about. Topics ranged from Personal Goals of improving fitness, cooking personal heritage through to experimenting with photography and painting. The grade 10 students from last year enjoyed a wonderful Assembly yesterday that showcased their achievements. They were all presented with their official certificates from the IBO.




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To all members of the BIFS Community, please have a restful and safe mid-term holiday. Enjoy time with your families.